IIT Bhubaneswar developed a state-of-the-art technology for conducting all types of exams online, including class tests & even end-semester examinations for the institute.
RV Raja Kumar, director of IIT Bhubaneswar, explained that it creates a virtual examination hall with actual invigilators, online question paper distribution and submission/reception of soft copies of answer books that may be printed later as well. The new examination system has been tested by holding a mock test of 31 subjects involving close to 240 students across the country and 20 invigilators. It uses two or more network connections for the reliability of the connections, and an additional facility for proctoring for reliable invigilation.
Meanwhile, IIM Kashipur decided to hold its trimester exams for first-year students digitally this quarter. However, it witnessed only 60% student turnout.
According to the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2018-2019, India has around 993 universities, 39,931 colleges, and 10,922 standalone institutions listed on its web portal, of which 60.53% colleges are located in rural areas. Overall, there are over 37.4 Mn students enrolled in these colleges.